Humans of Basic Income

This blog is definitely off the topic of knitting, although there is a picture of the yarn eating poodle’s manipulations with a previously tidy ball of alpaca. Doesn’t he show impeccable colour sense in coordinating with my play-around-art?

The topic is a Humans of Basic Income GoFundMe campaign that I started. Here’s some background for those of you in other countries and provinces.

A year or so ago our Ontario government launched a Basic Income pilot program with the goals of determining “whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers, improve health and education outcomes for people on low incomes, and help ensure that everyone shares in Ontario’s economic growth.” 4000 participants were committed to this program and invested time and money into their lives, homes, and education based on the 3 year time frame.

We had an election. The party that won had promised they would retain the program but cancelled it as soon as they took office.

I was outraged. Many people were.

A young woman, Jessie Golem, a photographer who was a participant in the program and benefited from it, started Humans Of Basic Income. She thinks it’s important to tell the stories and ensure that the program is completed through to the evaluation stage. I agree with her. Her photos are compelling, succinct, and human.

I thought someone would start a GoFundMe page when news about Jessie’s work appeared. My husband said, “Why don’t you do it?” So I did.

Check out the  GoFundMe Humans of Basic Income page for all the info. Please contribute if you are able. And please forward to friends and acquaintances who you think may interested.

We will be grateful.

7 Replies to “Humans of Basic Income”

    1. Thanks, Karen. I have to believe that we can do something about it. Jessie’s idea is inspired. I sure hope it works and the pilot gets back on track.

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